Elizabeth Houghton Ballard Williams
Elizabeth Houghton Ballard Williams, 74, died peacefully and surrounded by family on February 17, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Elizabeth was born in Charleston, WV, on November 10, 1943. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Wiatt and Mildred Johnson Ballard, and her husband of 22 years, Clarence Alfred Williams.
She had a wonderful life growing up in ‘the Drive’ (Kenna Drive) in South Charleston, WV. After her 1961 graduation at South Charleston High School, Elizabeth attended Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA where she earned her degree (1963) and became a registered nurse. While employed with MCV in Richmond, Virginia, she decided to continue her education and was accepted into a Nurse Anesthetist Program. Elizabeth’s dream was cut short when she sustained a severe head injury in a car wreck.
Elizabeth was an energetic, happy person with a ready smile and an easy laughter. She loved to walk and, after her husband passed away, she could be seen frequently walking in South Charleston and in Spring Hill. The Lord watched over her. Those times when she would fall, He always had someone to help her and, if need be, take her home. She enjoyed playing cards, playing Bingo, Scrabble, Boggle, etc. with family and friends. She loved to travel and often went on bus trips, most recently with her cousin-in-law, Lola Samples. She never met a stranger.
She attended and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston and, after marrying Clarence, she transferred to Highlawn Presbyterian Church of St. Albans, WV, where she sang in the choir. The Lord and His church were important to Elizabeth. She, also, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Left behind to cherish her memories are her sister, Sarah (Sallie) Wiatt Ballard of Hillsville, VA, her sister and brother-in-law, Sue Ellen and Doug Hardman of Huntington, WV, and nieces, Shelley Hardman (and Brett) Rowe , Stephanie Hardman (and Michael) Landers, and nephew Benjamin (and Erika) Hardman, plus several grand nieces and nephews, cousins, and many, many, many friends.
Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:30 P.M., Thursday, February 22nd at Snodgrass Funeral Home in South Charleston. The memorial service will begin at 12:30 with Pastor Skip Siebel officiating. Graveside service at Graceland Memorial Park will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of Elizabeth Williams to First Presbyterian Church, 508 2nd Ave SW, South Charleston, WV 25303, Highlawn Presbyterian Church, 2501 Washington Ave., St. Albans, WV 25177, or Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242.
Memories of Elizabeth may be shared by visiting snodgrassfuneral.com and selecting the obituary. Snodgrass Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.